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Content Marketing for Manufacturers Must Go Deeper than ToFu

Industrial Marketing Today

Many manufacturers are using content marketing but few consider it effective in generating leads that turn into sales opportunities. According to the 2014 study done by Content Marketing Institute and MarketingProfs, 86% of manufacturing marketers use content marketing but only 30% of manufacturing marketers say they are effective at it. Here’s another finding, according to [.]

15 Tips to Generate More Leads in 2015 (Part 3, featuring tips 11-15)

B2B Lead Generation

Tweet To kick off the new year I’m sharing 15 ideas on improving your lead management. I have so much to share that I’ve split this post into three parts (you can read Part 1, with tips 1-5, here and Part 2, with tips 6-10, here ), and today will be the final Part 3, with tips 11-15. As you’ll see this series isn’t just about getting more leads, but about generating better and higher quality of leads.

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What Marketers Need to Know About the Pinterest Update

Oracle

With a projected valuation by investors at $5 billion, Pinterest, the image and discovery focused social media network, knew it was time to follow in the advertising footsteps of their older social network siblings and compete for marketers’ ad dollars. According to comscore, Pinterest has about 70 million active users who visit the social scrapbooking mecca at least once a month.

The Best Marketing Conferences Of 2015

Marketing Insider Group

In the last two weeks I’ve had about 10 people ask me “ what are the best marketing conferences? ” It must be that time of year when we start to plan out which marketing events we want to attend. Getting out of the office allows us to learn from some of the most innovative minds in our industry, and provides a great opportunity for learning and networking that can pay dividends for years to come. I have done this list for the past few years.

Your New Schematic for Next-Level Sales Coaching & Enablement

Speaker: Matthew Hawk, President of B2bTrainers

The term “sales enablement” applies to a dizzying array of best practices and technologies. In addition, there is tremendous competitive pressure not to fall behind. No matter where you are in your current sales enablement strategy, one thing is key: success ultimately rides on the habits of your sales managers & marketers. In this webinar, Matthew Hawk will lay out an in-depth schematic for your next-level sales coaching, demonstrate the key activities that comprise success, and walk you through several examples of sales coaching cadences that apply to all salesforce sizes.

6 Things Your Website Still Must Have To Get Found Online

The Forward Observer

Despite Google''s updates that make on-page SEO less important for search engine rankings, there are a few things that remain vitally important. Have you noticed there are a shrinking number of search engine optimization (SEO) firms these days? Or that some traditional SEO agencies are diversifying into other services as quickly as possible? That’s because Google has dramatically changed the nature of SEO. First, some background. The practice of.

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How Well Do You Know Marketing Data? Take Our Quiz

Oracle

Marketers have long known the importance of good data management and data cleansing. Yet we all know that, in practice, few have mastered the skills necessary to truly understand and successfully manipulate marketing data. According to recent Econsultancy research, managing customer data - the crux of any customer engagement strategy - is particularly challenging.

17 Questions On How To Build A Content Marketing Strategy [Q&A]

Marketing Insider Group

We had nearly 1,600 people sign up for our webinar last week on “ How To Plan And Build An Effective Content Marketing Strategy. Click the link above to our blog post summary of the most important stats, quotes, slides, templates and also to download the presentation and the templates. We believe that content marketing is starting to have a dramatic impact inside marketing organizations for business both large and small.

Leo Suarez, Toshiba’s SVP Marketing & Strategy: Omni-Channel Retailing—A New Paradigm of Product Marketing

Crimson Marketing

Retail stores no longer compete just with one another for geographically concentric consumer districts. They compete with endless aisles and endless comparisons of products and prices online. The result does not have to be declining brick and mortar store revenue, however, says Leo Suarez, Senior Vice President of Worldwide Marketing and Strategy for leading retail point of sale systems supplier Toshiba Global Commerce Solutions.

6 thorny data problems that Vex B2B marketers, and how to solve them

Biznology

Business-to-business marketers are plagued by data problems. Business data is complex and fast-changing. Customers interact with us through a variety of channels, and often provide us with conflicting information. Our legacy databases are not as robust as we need. New tools and technologies emerge and must be evaluated. It’s a never-ending battle. To shed some light on B2B data problems, Bernice Grossman and I compiled a working list of problems and solutions. Here are some of the thorniest.

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

6 Steps to Ramp Up Trigger Marketing

Oracle

Are you in the "old habit" of aligning customer communications solely around your marketing calendar, product launches, and company events? Are you finding that’s not really working for you anymore? That’s probably because customers today have high expectations from the companies they engage with. It’s the era of buyer-centric digital marketing.

6 Broader Business Questions to Inform Your SEO Strategy

KoMarketing Associates

Late last year I touched on 3 ways SEO can work with social media initiatives. This time, I wanted to build on the concept of SEO working in conjunction with broader marketer efforts. In this post, I will cover how you can improve upon your SEO skills by asking certain questions to other members of your company.

Key B2B Demand Generation Strategies for 2015

The Point

Recently I sat down with Amanda Nelson, Director of Marketing at RingLead , a leading provider of cloud-based data solutions that make it easy to analyze, remove, merge and prevent duplicates in Salesforce. We discussed what’s new, what’s working, and what’s on the horizon in B2B Demand Generation. This interview originally appeared in the RingLead blog , and is posted here with permission. (AN) AN) Hello, Howard. What is the first B2B marketing strategy that marketers must consider for 2015? (HS)

What the BlackBerry Twitter debacle taught us about social media

Biznology

If you’ve been online in the last few weeks, you probably heard that BlackBerry made a pretty silly mistake on Twitter. Check out the small detail in the lower righthand corner of the screencap below: Image credit: Mashable. That’s right, the phone manufacturer’s Tweet was sent via iPhone. As in, an Apple product instead of a BlackBerry smartphone. Through a lack of attention to detail, it became apparent that the company’s social media manager was using their competitors product.

The Revenue Leader's Guide to Prospecting

Speaker: Christopher Ryan, Founder and CEO of Fusion Marketing Partners

Sales & Marketing departments that work together guarantee higher acquisition, better nurturing, and more effective sales. Join Christopher Ryan for this insightful webinar, presenting the wide funnel lead nurturing model. Don't miss out on this opportunity to get your teams working together and your revenue performance optimized.

6 Steps to Ramp Up Trigger Marketing

Oracle

Are you in the "old habit" of aligning customer communications solely around your marketing calendar, product launches, and company events? Are you finding that’s not really working for you anymore? That’s probably because customers today have high expectations from the companies they engage with. It’s the era of buyer-centric digital marketing.

Google AdWords for B2B Organizations: 8 Questions Leadership Should Ask

KoMarketing Associates

As I reviewed Salesforce 2015 State of Marketing report, I was encouraged to read that even though search engine marketing took a backseat to more “popular” programs such as social media and mobile marketing, it is still considered a highly valuable and effective component of the marketing mix. As the chart above reveals, SEO and SEM were ranked 4th in popularity and effectiveness, and 31% were piloting or planning an SEO / SEM initiative in 2015.

New Marketing Automation Options for Small Business in the VEST Report

Customer Experience Matrix

I’m revving up for the next edition of our B2B Marketing Automation Vendor Selection Tool (VEST) report, which will include six first-time entries. I’ve already written about two of those, Inbox25 and AutopilotHQ (formerly Bislr). Here are thumbnails of the others. GreenRope workflow GreenRope is all-in-one software sold primarily to very small businesses such as lawyers, real estate agents, consultant, coaches and membership organizations.

7 Corporate blogging blunders to avoid

Biznology

Are your business blogging efforts actually working against you? Bad strategies and poor planning means that many corporate blogs fizzle out before they sizzle. Here are the seven of the most common blogging blunders I see… Are your business blogging efforts actually working against you? Recently, I read Elizabeth Victor’s Biznology post outlining 10 reasons why companies should have an active business blog. Yes, blogging has some huge advantages.

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How to Redirect Your Indirect Channels by Enabling the Right People

Speaker: Jay McBain, Principal Analyst – Channels, Partnerships & Ecosystems

We are in the middle of a major transformation of how companies go to market – in fact, 76% of global CEOs feel that their current business models will be unrecognizable in the next 3 years. Join Jay McBain from Forrester as he unpacks these future trends.

How Well Do You Know Marketing Data? Take Our Quiz

Oracle

Marketers have long known the importance of good data management and data cleansing. Yet we all know that, in practice, few have mastered the skills necessary to truly understand and successfully manipulate marketing data. According to recent Econsultancy research, managing customer data - the crux of any customer engagement strategy - is particularly challenging.

#BADMarketing from Hampton Inns

Crimson Marketing

We sincerely hope a clean bed is a given and not a “daily special” at this hotel. BADMarketing. Image: Courtesy of One Road at a Time. The post #BADMarketing from Hampton Inns appeared first on. BADMarketing

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Looking Outside In: Know Your Buyer First

ANNUITAS

“There is nothing so terrible as activity without insight” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. It sounds pretty basic…getting to know your buyer before you build a Demand Generation program seems like common sense. Then why are so many Enterprise B2B marketers missing the mark? ANNUITAS recently published the first B2B Enterprise Demand Generation Study to understand what drives this unique group of marketers.

The Tech trends to follow in 2015

Biznology

No matter how small or “old fashioned” a small business is, it is vital that the owners stay informed of technology advancements because it impacts consumer behavior. A few of the technology trends to keep track of in the coming year, and beyond, include: Beacons. Remember when QR codes were the latest, greatest thing for in-store marketing? While QR codes still exist and can be effective, in-store beacons are quickly becoming the go-to technology for targeting consumers based on location.

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B2B Pocket Playbook: End-to-End Guide to Sales Enablement

Sales enablement is the strategic process of providing sales teams with the content, guidance, and mentorship needed to engage targeted buyers. It’s all about equipping sales professionals with the tools they need to put their best-selling foot forward. And if sales teams want to continuously sell better -- and faster -- their sales enablement process must have a game-winning strategy. It's time for you to start selling smarter - and hitting your sales number - with the best B2B database in the market. Get started today.

What Marketers Need to Know About the Pinterest Update

Oracle

With a projected valuation by investors at $5 billion, Pinterest, the image and discovery focused social media network, knew it was time to follow in the advertising footsteps of their older social network siblings and compete for marketers’ ad dollars. According to comscore, Pinterest has about 70 million active users who visit the social scrapbooking mecca at least once a month.

The Demand Generation Stats Every CMO Needs To Know

Crimson Marketing

HubSpot and Qualtrics recently conducted a survey of 900 management-level marketers in North America and Europe to determine how successful companies have been at demand generation for their respective brands. The goal of this survey was to discover which key performance indicators (KPIs) matter to your marketing solutions and how marketers can continue to improve them. .

Research Integrity: The Achilles Heel of Content Marketing

Marketing Craftmanship

The marketing profession has a reputation for sometimes using less than reliable market research to promote a point of view. And this marketer has been guilty of that sin. Years ago, our insurance company client was introducing a new Directors & Officers liability insurance policy, and asked us to raise market awareness.

3 Steps to Digital Marketing Success in 2015

Fathom

While there are some who still believe that word of mouth and print advertising are enough, others can attest to the success of digital marketing when it comes to bringing in new business for manufacturers. The digital space is full of opportunities and while the ability to search for businesses is big, digital is capable of so much more! In previous years, digital marketing was all about being found in search engines, but today’s marketing strategies all are customer focused.

How to Drive Revenue Through Retention Marketing & Sales Enablement

Speaker: Ruth Stevens, President of eMarketing Strategy

In a pandemic, it’s more important than ever to focus on retaining and expanding current customers. So, how can sales and marketing support the retention effort? Join Ruth Stevens as she dives into this fast-paced session and reviews the 7 key strategies for current customer marketing, to enable sales and expand customer value.